About Shalini Austin
Copper Sculpture ANGST started as an experiment. I wanted to take my air-chasing skills a step further from small items of jewellery to create something bold which would bring out the natural beauty of hammered copper.
So instead of the little rustic pendants and air-chased sculptural cuffs I decided to do some air chasing on a larger sheet of bare copper. After a couple hours of hammering, dapping, annealing and more beating I opened the piece up and it looked like a face. I posted a picture on Instagram and an artist commented “It looks like a face trapped beneath the top of the copper.”
And that is exactly what I thought too! It looked like an anguished face trying to escape. It had really turned out better than I had expected or hoped. Very exciting! So he became a stand alone sculpture and I called him ‘Angst’